This film falls firmly in the So Bad You'll Love It.
After a plane takes off for London, a note is found in the airport saying that some people are going to be killed.
And it is not long after that, that someone is killed.
The captain (Robert Stack) tries to keep the passengers calm while the people on the ground do background checks on everyone and they learn that some of the passengers have history with one another.
But it seems that there's a lot more going on.
This is exactly the king of made for TV films from the 1970s I particuliarly like: silly plot full of unbelievable twists and turns, cheap production values and a bunch of small time has-beens hamming it up like hell.
But don't get me wrong: It's a very enjoyable bad film. Any minute, you expect a deliberate gag to make it a pre-"Airplane" spoof. Which is close to be one considering stars Robert Stack and Sonny Bono both came to be part of this comedic franchise later.
Old fashioned and cheezy but great fun!
An "Airport"-style murder mystery with too many suspects. The storyline stretches credibility. Most of the time I was slightly bored by this movie. There are some Highlights. Yes, Walter Pidgeon is one of them.
September 25, 2010 Subject:
Better than expected
Sure, the plot is not the most opaque and the continuity is not the greatest, but I must admit that I really enjoyed this movie. None of the painfully unrealistic flight and flighdeck scenes usually found in these movies. The set was actually quite convincing and the acting was much better than expected.
I think this is well worth a watch.
September 20, 2010 Subject:
I didn't watch much '70s TV (college, grad school), and from what I've seen from that period I didn't miss anything. Still, tempted by a 'so bad it's good' description, I decided to watch this. While I did get some chuckles at continuity errors during the heart attack scene, and some just plain awful dialog evoked groans many times, this isn't nearly as funny bad as some films here at IA, and that's taking into account that Sonny Bono costars.
I was tempted to reveal the identity of the murderer, who gets killed and why, and how the story is resolved just to spare anyone from feeling the necessity of watching this movie through to find these things out, but I won't.
The only performances I enjoyed were by Walter Pidgeon and Polly Bergen. It must have been cathartic for Robert Stack to do Airplane! after costarring in this.
I downloaded the 700MB AVI file. There are a dozen or so short pauses in the movie. Video isn't sharp. Audio quality is fine. Video and audio go out of sync near the end of the movie. I didn't care.